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Why CIOs Choose Open to Integrate

Hospitals and health systems are undertaking the monumental task of integrating data from multiple sources and across various technologies. According to a recent article by Healthcare Informatics, CIOs are finding such integration easier to do with an open platform. The article features Jim Murry, CIO at UC Irvine Medical Center, and Bill Spooner, CIO of Sharp Healthcare. Both CIOs also shared their thoughts with Modern Healthcare at the most recent Allscripts annual client conference, ACE12. Here’s what they had to say about open:  Open is realistic. “I don’t believe that we will ever find a healthcare environment in which every single system will come from one vendor. I don’t think that’s possible. “ (Bill Spooner, ACE12)  Open is better for complex integrations. “As our clinicians have come to us and asked us – they see the tools – and they [...]

Usability is the key to getting physicians to adopt voice recognition technology with an EHR.  That’s the conclusion of Mary Griskewicz of HIMSS, according to a story in today’s USA Today. The newspaper noted that the University of California-Irvine Medical Center, among others, is testing the technology for use with their inpatient (Sunrise) EHR, initially on desktop and later on iPad.  Meanwhile, many physician practices are already using voice recognition for dictation and to accomplish everyday tasks like prescribing medications. Stanley Crane, Allscripts Chief Innovation Officer, calls the confluence of iPad and voice recognition “a marriage made in heaven.” Voice recognition not only is an easy way to get information into the EHR but it lets doctors take more complete notes for themselves and for the next doctor who picks up the case. Crane, who was interviewed by USA Today for technical background [...]

Recruitment is at or near the top of every CIO’s list of headaches. The demand for trained informaticists far exceeds the supply.  Moreover, it’s expensive to recruit and relocate people from outside organizations, especially when there’s no guarantee they’ll work out.  The video above captures an innovative solution by UC Irvine Healthcare, a major academic medical center in the Los Angeles area that has been ranked among the nation’s top hospitals for 11 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report.  Rather than recruit for open positions, UCI’s IT leaders decided to look inward — to the nurses who are the biggest users of the most strategic and important applications in a health system.  “We decided that, rather than trying to recruit and bring people in and not meeting our staffing requirements, to go out to our nursing population at large within UCI and grab [...]